Felting is what occupies the shepherdess’s free moments at the farm. Imagination is the only limitation when it comes to creating with fiber; the only rule set is that the object be useful (Okay, sometimes the rule is interpreted broadly).
Black Sheep Farm is proud to be a member producer of the Chesapeake Fibershed.
Felting begins with roving and batting from the flock fleeces. Go to the Shop page to order.
AVAILABLE AT PRESENT:
Roving and batting
White and pale brown 90% wool/10% tussah silk batting. At about 17 microns, it is oh so soft, and ready for nuno felting or even spinning. It’s available in 4-oz. bags for $16 plus shipping; for larger quantities contact us about price.
Roving, ~ 19 microns. Moorit Merino roving mixed with about 15% cinnamon/nutmeg dyed tussah silk. $3.50/ounce.
Roving, ~20 microns. Almost-black natural colored Merino mixed with about 20% dyed tussah silk. $3.50/ounce.
Roving, ~19 microns. Natural brown Merino mixed with about 15% dyed tussah silk. $3.50/ounce.
Roving, ~17-18 microns. White Merino mixed with about 12% undyed Tussah silk. $3.25/ounce.
Dyed roving in yellow, red, and blue–not as fine (about 23 microns), but perfect for basic felting, especially for children’s projects. These are in 2-oz. balls, for just $4 each, plus shipping. Note that this roving is not “top” (further carded to remove short fibers, which provides only the longest fibers that are easiest to spin into yarn).
Knitting or felting project bags
These project bags are designed around the shepherdess’s mythological “Isle of Ovinia,” Land of Sheep, with the map of sheep breeds. Both the over-the-shoulder style and the tote feature pockets for knitting needles and supplies, a loop to hold a water bottle, and a removable, zippered, see-through pouch for notions and small bits. The tote has a firm bottom and a drawstring top. $65 for the shoulder bag; $75 for the tote.
Tanned Merino sheepskins are soft and dense. Current colors: white, silver, light moorit (brown) and dark brown. $125-175, depending on size.